Letter of solidarity from members of the faculty of IIT Bombay

[This statement is issued in our individual capacities, and does not represent the institution’s opinion]

 

We, the undersigned, members of the faculty at IIT Bombay, are deeply concerned with the recent events that have undermined the autonomy of institutions of higher education in this country. We believe that these institutions are spaces of critical thinking and expression. Matters of contention that might arise in the conduct of intellectual and social engagements need to be addressed democratically and rationally. These methods in turn should be within the purview of institutional procedures that are responsible and accountable.

The state cannot dictate on the many meanings of what it is to be ‘Indian’ or mandate the meaning of ‘nationalism’. Rather, the state should be the one that makes sure that multiple ways of imagining one’s relationship with the nation are allowed to flourish especially when it might contradict dominant ways of thinking. In this context, we condemn the overreach of the state in the recent incidents in a number of institutions and the attempts of the Hindu Right to stifle dissent and suppress differences.

Signatories:

 

Abhijit Majumder, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Bombay

Aftab Alam, Professor, Department of Physics, IIT Bombay

S. Akshay, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay

Alka Hingorani, Associate Professor, Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay

Aliasgar Q. Contractor, Professor (retired), Department of Chemistry, IIT Bombay

Amitabh Bhattacharya, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Bombay

Amitabha Nandi, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, IIT Bombay

A. Sanyal, Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay.

UK Anandavardhanan, Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics, IIT Bombay

Anil Kottantharayil, Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay

Azizuddin Khan, Associate Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay

A. Chatterjee, Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering, IIT Bombay

Dayadeep Monder, Assistant Professor, Department of Energy Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay

Dibyendu Das, Professor, Department of Physics, IIT Bombay

Dipankar, TREELabs, IIT-Bombay

Douglas Allen, Professor of Philosophy, University of Maine, USA, and Visiting Chair Professor in Gandhian Philosophy, IIT Bombay

Kushal Deb, Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay

Madhu N. Belur, Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay

Mukta Tripathy, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Bombay

Mithun Kumar Mitra, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, IIT Bombay

N.C. Narayanan, Professor, CTARA, IIT Bombay

Om Damani, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay

D. Parthasarathy, Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay

Paulomi Chakraborty, Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay

Pradeepkumar P. I., Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, IIT Bombay

Purushottam Kulkarni, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay

Raghunath Chelakkot, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, IIT Bombay

M S Raghunathan, Distinguished Guest Professor, Department of Mathematics, IIT Bombay

Priya Jadhav, Assistant Professor, Centre for Technology Alternatives for Rural Areas, IIT Bombay

Raja Mohanty, Professor, Industrial Design Centre, IIT Bombay

Ramesh Bairy T. S., Associate Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay

Ratheesh Radhakrishnan, Associate Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay

Ravi N. Banavar, Professor, Systems and Control Engineering, IIT Bombay

C. D. Sebastian, Associate Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay

Sharmila Sreekumar, Associate Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay

Shishir Kumar Jha, Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management, IIT Bombay

Shrikrishna G. Dani, Distinguished Guest Professor, Department of Mathematics, IIT Bombay

Siby K. George, Associate Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay

Siddhartha Chaudhuri, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay

Sriram Srinivasan, Adjunct Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay

Supratik Chakraborty, Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Bombay

V. S. Borkar, Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay

Sudhir R. Ghorpade, Institute Chair Professor, Department of Mathematics, IIT Bombay

Harish K Pillai, Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay

V. Sarma, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay

Anurag Mehra, Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Bombay

Ravi Raghunathan, Department of Mathematics, IIT Bombay

P Sunthar, Chemical Engineering, IIT Bombay

Siddhartha Ghosh, Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Bombay

Kishore Chatterjee, Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay

Naresh K. Chandiramani, Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Bombay

R. Chakrabarti, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, IIT Bombay

Sushil K Mishra, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Bombay

Anindya Datta, Professor, Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

Arup Ranjan Bhattacharyya, Professor, Department of Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science, IIT Bombay

Indradev S Samajdar, Professor Department of Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science, IIT Bombay

Mrinmoyi Kulkarni, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay

Sachin C. Patwardhan, Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Bombay

18 thoughts on “Letter of solidarity from members of the faculty of IIT Bombay

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  2. Siddhartha Ghosh

    Adding myself to the list:
    Siddhartha Ghosh, Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Bombay

    1. Nishad

      Proud of you sir who taught me taking an independent stand on such issues.
      Nishad Kulkarni ( 06D04003, you were my faculty adviser).

  3. Ratheesh Radhakrishnan

    The following members of the faculty at IIT Bombay have since signed the statement:

    Sudhir R. Ghorpade, Institute Chair Professor, Department of Mathematics, IIT Bombay

    Harish K Pillai, Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay

    V. Sarma, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay

    Anurag Mehra, Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Bombay

    Ravi Raghunathan, Department of Mathematics, IIT Bombay

    P Sunthar, Chemical Engineering, IIT Bombay

  4. Ratheesh Radhakrishnan

    The following members of the IIT Bombay faculty have signed the letter since its publication:
    Kishore Chatterjee, Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay
    Naresh K. Chandiramani, Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Bombay

  5. Narayan Parasuram

    Over 1000 PhDs, 3000 MTechs and thousands of crores from the Indian tax payer for over 50 years, IIT Bombay has not produced ONE, I repeat, ONE CHIP that is in the market…
    Not really surprising then that these very faculty have the nerve to go against the very land they have sucked dry.

    Never been more ashamed of being an IITB alumnus.

    1. Pnicogen

      Dear Narayan,

      The aim of a technological institution (and its EE department, since you are talking about chips) is primarily to educate its pupils and contribute to the field of research. I wonder, how is your expectation of fabricating a widely used chip in the market fit within such set of aims and objectives.

      On the other hand, if you are talking industrial research partnerships at IITB then I would like to inform you that faculty members in the EE department do research which is relevant for the industry, file patents for “chips” and in fact attract industry to set up labs in the department and thus procuring additional research funding from them.

      1. Narayan Parasuram

        I presume you have something to do with IIT Mr Pnicogen and hence presume you are familiar with the concept of metaphorical symbolism. That you have not been able to produce one usable chip after sucking the Indian taxpayer dry for over 50 years does not only bother you but actually entitle you to defend the indefensible and claim immunity from accountability in the name of autonomy. If you consider that educating students is your primary responsibility, then khaach the JEE… I challenge you to produce engineers out of the common student… you cannot claim to have created the students who come through the toughest exam in the world, to begin with. As for your research scams, most of the projects that you stake claim to are from the government itself which conveniently exempts you from a tendering process. No wonder then, that no one ever leaves IITB once they join in as a faculty… where else on this planet can you suck a nation dry and yet claim a moral highground?

  6. Ratheesh Radhakrishnan

    The following members of the IIT Bombay faculty have signed the letter since its publication:

    Mrinmoyi Kulkarni, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay

    Sachin C. Patwardhan, Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Bombay

  7. Ratheesh Radhakrishnan

    The following members of the IIT Bombay faculty have signed the letter since its publication:

    R. Chakrabarti, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, IIT Bombay

    Sushil K Mishra, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Bombay

    Anindya Datta, Professor, Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

    Arup Ranjan Bhattacharyya, Professor, Department of Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science, IIT Bombay

    Indradev S Samajdar, Professor Department of Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science, IIT Bombay

  8. Ratheesh Radhakrishnan

    The following members of the IIT Bombay faculty have signed the letter since its publication:

    Debraj Chakraborty, Associate Prof, Department of Electrical Engineering, IIT Bombay

    Arindam Chowdhury, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, IIT Bombay

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  11. Ratheesh Radhakrishnan

    The following member of the IIT Bombay faculty have signed the letter since its publication:

    Supreet Saini, Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering, IIT Bombay.

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